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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 08-26-13, 03:13 PM   #1
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Two stupid firsts in the same day

Ever since I was a teenager, I've worn gloves specifically to keep from grinding crap into the palms of my hands. In practice, I fall very rarely and keep my hands on the bars when I do.

Today, I chose not to wear gloves which is weird because I always insist on them. So of course, I fell and ground crap into my hands.

Add to that a fall because I couldn't clip out (in frogs -- the easiest system on the planet) and this was a banner day.

To add insult to injury, my front shift cable broke right away which made the hilly section loads of fun. It's definitely been one of those days.
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Sounds like it been one of those weeks...
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Old 08-26-13, 03:43 PM   #3
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It's good you got those ugly incidents out of the way. You will be good to go for a number of years now.
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Sounds like it been one of those weeks...
On the plus side, I didn't ruin a nice pair of gloves. My hands will heal but the gloves won't
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Ever since I was a teenager, I've worn gloves specifically to keep from grinding crap into the palms of my hands. In practice, I fall very rarely and keep my hands on the bars when I do.

Today, I chose not to wear gloves which is weird because I always insist on them. So of course, I fell and ground crap into my hands.

Add to that a fall because I couldn't clip out (in frogs -- the easiest system on the planet) and this was a banner day.

To add insult to injury, my front shift cable broke right away which made the hilly section loads of fun. It's definitely been one of those days.
You keep holding on to the bars when u fall, contrary to all instinct?


Last time I fell I put my hand out to break my fall. Wrist hurt badly for months, couldnt even bend my wrist to do a pushup for forever
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You keep holding on to the bars when u fall, contrary to all instinct?
Absolutely. Keep feet in pedals, hands on bars and try to roll when you hit. Chances of injury go down drastically especially if you're moving at speed. I have no idea why I took a hand off the bars today though at least primary impact was to hip.
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You keep holding on to the bars when u fall, contrary to all instinct?


Last time I fell I put my hand out to break my fall. Wrist hurt badly for months, couldnt even bend my wrist to do a pushup for forever
Don't let go of the bars and tuck and roll. You don't want to land on anything directly.
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On the plus side, I didn't ruin a nice pair of gloves. My hands will heal but the gloves won't
Why does this remind about the story of the yuppie that has his left arm torn off in an accident. As he sees his arm disappearing he screams "My Rolex!"
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Absolutely. Keep feet in pedals, hands on bars and try to roll when you hit. Chances of injury go down drastically especially if you're moving at speed. I have no idea why I took a hand off the bars today though at least primary impact was to hip.
Ok but what do you guys mean roll?
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Back before helmets, the logic of the day was to wear gloves so you would use your hands to protect your head. Times change.
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On the plus side, I didn't ruin a nice pair of gloves. My hands will heal but the gloves won't
I know what you mean.

This is why I never wear a helmet.
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Ok but what do you guys mean roll?
Try to land on a thigh or a hip and roll onto your shoulder. If you're going over the top, try to flip enough to do a somersault. The general idea is to have strong body parts hit first but dissipate as much energy as possible sliding and rolling rather than on impact that can shatter your bones.
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Good advice. Also, it's important to let the ground break your fall.
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A banner day for banerjerk?

Glad it's nothing serious.
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Good advice. Also, it's important to let the ground break your fall.
Not necessarily. Air and water are both softer than ground.
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Now that you have all of that out of your system, you should be able to go a good long while without any further incidents. Glad it was nothing serious.
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Not necessarily. Air and water are both softer than ground.
Depend on speed.
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Try to land on a thigh or a hip and roll onto your shoulder. If you're going over the top, try to flip enough to do a somersault. The general idea is to have strong body parts hit first but dissipate as much energy as possible sliding and rolling rather than on impact that can shatter your bones.
I am reminded of my crash back in 1996 when I skidded on gravel, could not unclip in time due to sticky cleats and crashed over on my left side. Breaking my hip in the process.
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To add insult to injury, my front shift cable broke right away which made the hilly section loads of fun. It's definitely been one of those days.
Surely a broken front shifter cable would only mean at worst a bit of spinning out on the downhills?
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I have gone over the bars in a race. Too many bodies and bikes sliding in front of me and I was braking and trying to find a way through but was already getting pushed from the rear (all this happened in 1 second). My front wheel touched a guy on the ground and over I went at over 26mph. I hung on for dear life and landed on the top of my head and right shoulder and rolled it. At some point, I became unclipped, but never let go of my bike. I did fracture a collarbone and my elbow was driven into my side and cracked a few ribs but I had almost zero road rash and most importantly, no facial, hand, wrist, head or neck injuries. I was able to remount and race for another 40 minutes but could never catch the group. Like banerjerk, I never let go!
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welcome to the falling section..just fell twice on saturday luckily i had my gloves and no injuries.
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Baner, buy a lottery ticket. Your luck is bound to change. Hope all ends well in this regard and with the with the "other thing."
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Surely a broken front shifter cable would only mean at worst a bit of spinning out on the downhills?
I meant rear. For some reason I typed front -- probably because I was thinking about what did work.

Just signed a lease for a new place. No furniture, tv, stereo, art, car, anything useful aside from clothing etc. But I do have my bikes and I'm riding much more. Things are looking up.
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I know it's not a bike crash, but it demonstrates the proper way to roll with a fall ... So in the video he lands and keeps feet together which impact first, then side of legs, butt, and on up the back side while keeping arms in and the body relaxed. Of course in a bike crash it is more difficult to keep legs together, but remember to keep your arms in, and let the point of contact roll across your body from bottom to top. Do this and you'll have the least chance of injury (or at least minimize injury) of course YMMV
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Or you could do like this guy, and intentionally crash into things a lot for practice:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzE-IMaegzQ

But seriously, I've been watching my son at his aikido class, and I think I will start practicing some of the forward rolls/falls they do.
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